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Swatch Sistem51 Update, Something for Everyone

When Swatch debuted the Sistem51 automatic, I was excited about the prospect of a very affordable Swiss made automatic, but I was not all that excited by the design choices. The original four designs definitely showed the Swatch DNA, but they were not designs I would wear, other than as a novelty. With the Swatch Sistem51 update released earlier this year, there are 5 new watches in the family, really expanding the appeal.

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Watching the Web for April 11, 2015

Thanks for taking the time to check out our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we point you toward some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week (or so), and take a second look at what were our more popular pages. Today, I am going to highlight the Roger Dubuis Excaliber Tourbillon from ABTW, the Time Bum’s review of the Prometheus Piranha, and Tempus Fugit’s lunch with the Michael Happé from Gavox. From our site, we have the Ventus Caspian on Kickstarter, the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II, and The Christopher Ward C7 Rapide Chronometer.

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AVI-8 Hawker Harrier Hawker II

AVI-8 was nice enough to offer a AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II watch for a hands on review, and I was expecting to see it with the black dial, but instead I opened the watch and saw the green dial. For me, this is the perfect color for the watch, so it is a happy accident. That is not to say it does not look good in black, but the green suits is very well.

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Watching the Web for March 28, 2015

Welcome to our regular weekly feature, Watching the Web, where Patrick and I point you toward watch related articles across the web, and toot our own horns by pointing out some of the more popular articles over the last week or so from WWR. With Baselworld recently concluded, there is a plethora of coverage of new models from the fair, and I am going to highlight some articles from A Blog To Watch, Worn and Wound, Gear Patrol and WristReview. From our own articles, we have Patrick’s review the Tempest Carbon watch and the Tissot Vintage.

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The Griffin Emblem Automatic, Open Heart to Semi-Skeleton

There is an old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I think this must be the motto of the Griffin Emblem Watch Company, since they are back with a second batch of watches on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo. The Griffin Emblem Automatic is offered in three general flavors and several case options for a total of 10 watch configurations, and the designs are only slightly different than the previous campaign. There are three levels of skeletonization in the watches, a small open heart window for the balance wheel, a larger central open heart, and a semi-skeleton design.